The Influence of Social Support on College Students’ Work Volition: The Mediating Effect Based on Self-efficacy

Xinyong ZHANG, Haoran LI, Jin OUYANG


Taking the General Self-efficacy Scale, Perceived Social Support Scale and Work Volition Scale for College Students as the measuring tools, 338 college students were enrolled in the current study to assess the predictors of Work Volition among this population. The results indicated that (a) self-efficacy had a significantly direct impact on work volition, and (b) self-efficacy served as a mediating role between social support and self-efficacy. To promote work volition among college students during their career-seeking activities, it was suggested that increasing their social support so as to develop students’ self-efficacy was of utmost importance. Specific recommendations, limitations and future directions were also discussed in this research.


Work volition; Social support; Self-efficacy; College students

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